File:Kadmos dragon Louvre N3157.jpg|thumb|200px|Cadmus fighting the dragon. Painting from a krater in the Louvre Museum.
In Greek mythology
, '''Cadmus''' ; ''Kadmos''), was the founder and first king of Thebes, Greece|Thebes
[Alden, John B. (1883) ''The Greek Anthology'', pp. 160–162.]
Cadmus was the first Greek hero
and, alongside Perseus
, the greatest hero and slayer of monsters before the days of Heracles
[Karl Kerenyi|Kerenyi, Karl, 1959. ''The Heroes of the Greeks'' (London: Thames and Hudson) p. 75.]
Initially a Phoenician prince, son of king Agenor
and queen Telephassa
of Tyre, Lebanon|Tyre
and the brother of Phoenix (son of Agenor)|Phoenix
and Europa (mythology)|Europa
, he was originally sent by his royal parents to seek out and escort his sister Europa back to Tyre after she was abducted from the shores of...